Debating the Issues in Colonial Newspapers: Primary Documents on Events of the Period

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For every major event or issue of the colonial period, newspapers printed the opinions of the day, in many cases attempting to influence public opinion. Issues such as medical discoveries, education, and censorship are covered in this collection along with important events such as the French and Indian War, the trial of John Peter Zenger, and the Boston Massacre. Each chapter introduces the event or issue and includes news articles, letters, essays, even poetry representing both sides of the argument as they ...

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Overview

For every major event or issue of the colonial period, newspapers printed the opinions of the day, in many cases attempting to influence public opinion. Issues such as medical discoveries, education, and censorship are covered in this collection along with important events such as the French and Indian War, the trial of John Peter Zenger, and the Boston Massacre. Each chapter introduces the event or issue and includes news articles, letters, essays, even poetry representing both sides of the argument as they affected Americans. Each document is preceded by an explanatory introduction. This is the only collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers on the events of the era and will be a valuable tool for research and classroom discussion.

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DAVID A. COPELAND is the A. J. Fletcher Professor of Communication at Elon University. A past president of the American Journalism Historians Association, he was named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Virginia Professor of the Year in 1998.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Newspaper in Colonial America

Censorship, Printing Control and Freedom of the Press, 1690

The Inoculation Controversy, 1721

Impartiality, Objectivity and the Press, 1729

Attakulakula Visits King George, 1730: Native American-English Relations

The Trial of John Peter Zenger, 1735

Women's Rights, 1738

The Stono Rebellion, 1739

The Great Awakening and George Whitefield, 1739-1745

Religious Divisions, 1740-1745

Massachusetts Legalizes Lotteries, 1744

Medical Discoveries: The Amazing Tar Water, 1745

Paper Money and the Currency Act, 1751

The New York Public Education Controversy, 1753-1755

The Albany Congress, Plan of Union, and French and Indian War, 1754-1763

The Cherokee War, 1759-1761

The Stamp Act Crisis, 1765-1766

No Taxation without Representation, 1765-1766

Tories versus Patriots, 1768-1775

The Sons of Liberty, 1765-1776

Nonimportation, 1768-1775

The Boston Massacre, 1770

Religious Liberty: Baptists Call for Toleration, 1770-1776

The Somerset Case and the Anti-Slavery Controversy, 1772

The Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party, 1773-1774

The Continental Congress, 1774-1775

Edenton Tea Party and Perceptions of Women, 1774

Arguments over Going to War with England, 1774-1776

Separation from England, 1768-1776

Battles of Lexington and Concord, 1775

Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense, 1776

The Declaration of Independence, 1776

Chronology of Events

Selected Bibliography

Index

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